Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   In his 25 years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (15 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's Next Generation Project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and five cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the decades with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Sacramento-area mentees done in collaboration with Capital Public Radio:

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University of Oregon

A University of Oregon scholar and administrator has been nominated to serve in President Biden’s administration. 

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Today, Native American activists in Oregon and elsewhere will hang red dresses, carry portraits, and grieve missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW.)  The CDC says nearly half of all Native women suffer sexual or physical violence, and in some parts of Indian Country, are ten times more likely to be homicide victims. But recent developments are giving advocates hope. 

It’s uncommon for a high school theatre production to be selected for the annual International Thespian Festival (ITF), let alone twice.  But that’s exactly what’s happened to South Eugene Theatre.

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As Congress works on the Biden Administration’s infrastructure plan, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is urging particular focus on rural broadband. 

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The push to improve water systems and safety for Native American tribes has cleared the U.S. Senate.

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A controversial Native American-themed mascot will be kept at Roseburg High School for the indefinite future.

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Economic officials with the Cities of Eugene and Springfield are reviewing ways they can better accommodate communities of color.  

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The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many regular gaming venues over the past year.  Now recent re-openings of bars and taverns across Oregon have generated significant spikes in video lottery sales. 

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A week and a half before it was to start, organizers say the Oregon Asian Celebration has been postponed due to Lane County’s elevated risk levels for COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a “hyper accelerator” for broadband services, as Oregonians have strived to work, learn, and entertain from their homes.  

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An annual festival highlighting Asian culture has reinvented itself given the COVID-19 pandemic.  But organizers of the 36th annual Oregon Asian Celebration say it’ll still be an incredible experience.

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Citing a less than 24-hour supply in their inventory, Bloodworks Northwest has declared a “Code Red” alert.  


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Up to 50 acres around the McKenzie Bridge area will burn this week, but forest officials say it’s both intentional and beneficial. 

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People in Eugene and Corvallis were among those reacting to Tuesday's verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. 


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A historical theater in Coos Bay with distinctive Egyptian motifs is riding out the pandemic as best it can. 

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With torches, grinders, and a gift for bringing new dimensions to old metal, sculptor Jud Turner is crafting a monument to  survivors of the Holiday Farm Fire.  It burned 173,000 acres in the McKenzie River Corridor last September, leveling towns like Blue River. KLCC’s Brian Bull produced this audio self-narrative, where Turner describes his project. 

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The Portland FBI Division is warning Oregonians against buying and using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. 

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Blood donations are down to critical levels, says a regional organization serving Oregon and Washington. 

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Lane County has begun six projects intended to proactively reduce wildfire risks.

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While many Oregonians are enjoying the warmer and drier weather as of late, state firefighters are wary. That's because the rate of fires is already ahead of normal this year.

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City council members were presented today with the results of a Eugene-area survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected locals.

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An independent review says Eugene’s Community Court is both cost-effective and efficient.

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The Eugene Airport is among 12 destinations chosen for a new, startup budget airline’s inaugural lineup. 


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Small to mid-sized restaurants hit hard by the pandemic will have relief soon. Two Oregon lawmakers shared the news in Eugene today.

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An alternative newspaper in Eugene is unveiling its foray into NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.  It’s to help offset advertising losses while also embracing an emerging digital art form.

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So you’ve gotten your first – maybe even second – vaccine shot against COVID-19, and want to show the world on social media. But authorities say not to post pics of your vaccination card.  

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People rebuilding after the Holiday Farm Fire just got a break. The Lane County Board of Commissioners has approved a fee waiver program for land use, sanitation, and building permits.

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Investigators are seeking tips on an arsonist who targeted a Eugene business last month.

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On April 19th, Springfield’s City Council will hear proposed changes to how the city’s police handle use of force. This stems from the officer-involved shooting death of Stacy Kenny in 2019.  

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A former Lane Community College building could find new life as a first-of-its kind affordable housing site in downtown Eugene.